Book Review: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Hey People!

It’s now been well over 2.5 years since I last wrote on this blog, and I have to say, I did not expect to return like this.

I now understand the power of dissatisfaction (I mean, it’s not like I don’t know what’s behind it… I’ve been working in customer service for 4 years now, and we humans, are always more keen to speak out when we’re unhappy, than when we are happy with something)… so to be clear, yeah, this book was not for me… =/

But hey, before I get into why Beautiful Bastard was not my favourite, I just want to say… I missed this! Is this even done nowadays? Or is everyone on TikTok? (I mean, is there anyone out there who hasn’t downloaded the app during lock down?). And how are YOU? It’s been a pretty intense 2020/2021, are you OK?

Now, back to the subject at hand. I’ve had this book on my TBR since I started to read romance books, and for some reason, that I never could quite put my finger on it, I just didn’t get to it. But I moved houses a few months ago, to a place slightly out of the city, so whenever I go into the city, I pop up an audiobook, and I’m able to get through books quite quickly like this (best subscription that I have right now if for sure Scribd). I finished a few of Emma Chase’s books (re-reads), and thought “no time like the present”. Fair warning, I might drop some spoilers here. You’ve been warned…

So there I was, just cruising on my way to Lisbon, and not even 10 minutes into the book, and I’m having second thoughts. Why? Hmmmm. For context, I love smut, big fan here, but I like my smut with character development, context, relationship development doesn’t hurt either.

From my understanding this book started as online fanfiction that was later published, and all the merit to the author, but it reads exactly like that:

  • each chapter is its own world with instant gratification to the reader;
  • no thought out plot for the whole book;
  • so much sex… no, I’m serious, this was too much.

I wasn’t able to understand the characters and much less like them. Bennett was a bastard to Chloe from the start, and the whole relationship did not make sense to me. Mostly I think because they start their sexual relationship completely out of nowhere, one moment it’s “hey, I need to make a presentation“, and on the next “oops, are we banging on top of the table without a freaking condom on” (spoiler alert, yes they were!). But this was the first chapter. And from this point on there is no effort to develop either of them.

One thing that left me really really confused was Chloe’s decision towards the end to abandon her job of many many years, and her almost finished internship project, because she felt like she was at a disadvantage in their relationship, as she was his intern. This part, yes, she was, and yes, when it would turn to shit, she would be the one burned for sure. But what confuses me, is that this was not a concern when she was initializing some of their activities IN THE OFFICE. There’s one scene that I had so much trouble with, because until that point he was always the one initializing it in one way or another, but then she takes the reins (I mean, girl power and all), but then your attitude doesn’t match your words and thoughts… yeah…

But I want to address something that made me mad. I heard the audiobook as I mentioned before, and this was published by Simon Schuster Audio (not a small company). However, in a book told in dual POV and in the first person, they decided to have a single narrator for the whole thing.

Why would you do that?

There is nothing weirder than hearing a male masturbation scene narrated by a girl trying to sound a bit more masculine. Why didn’t you just get Sebastian York? The narration can make or break a book, and I have to say, the book was already a miss for me, but the narration make it that much worse.

But I did finish it… yeah, don’t really know how. However I will not be reading the remaining books in the series. I like big series, where I can just explore a group of friends, however, because there was no world or character building, I really just can’t.

In the end I rated this book:

Questions for you: have you read this book? what are your thoughts?

Bourbon Sins (Meghan Quinn)

On the streets of New Orleans, sins are committed every night.

My name is Jett Colby and I save tarnished souls.

In the downtown, under the glittery lights of Bourbon Street, I found her in cheap lingerie, flaunting her body for callous men and money.

From the lace of her cheap lingerie, to her garter belt, I knew she had to be saved.
She had to be mine.

Broke and destitute with no way of out, she had no choice but to come to me and into my club.

She had no other choice but to become a Jett Girl.

But see, that’s the thing about this city; you might think that under the dazzling lights and illusion of salvation, she’s the one that needed saving.

When the glitter fades and the dirt is washed away, the one worth saving just might be me.

Guys, I’m a huge fan of Meghan Quinn. I’ve loved all the books I read from her, so even though a was a bit weary of this blurb, I still gave it a shot. It was also an absolute surprise, because I wasn’t quite expecting to receive this book to review. But let’s move on…

So, kudos to Meghan Quinn, because her writing is awesome as usual. Erotica is not usually an easy genre to insert comedy into, and Meghan did that, and she did it well. I have to say though, that given that this was a reedition of the book, I didn’t expect to find some incongruences in the verbal tenses, and I did. It bugged me a bit to be honest.

No matter how good of a writer Meghan Quinn is, the story and the theme just weren’t my thing at all. The whole plot of a rich guy saving a poor girl, taking her out of the streets and so on, I could be on board with. But the whole club, strip, and sex thing was too much. Jett takes Goldie to his club, no one can touch her there, the conditions are amazing, she has everything she needs, but she has to submit to a guy she never saw… she has to sign a contract and agree to have sex with him exclusively. Yeah, I could have gone without that part.

My other issue was that I didn’t like the characters. I’m gonna say that Goldie was very hard for me to get. First of all, I couldn’t pinpoint her age, and that drove me crazy. It’s mentioned that she’s been working at the strip club for 9 years, since she lost her parents to Katrina. It’s never mentioned that she started there before she was 18, so I’m gonna assume that by the time this book takes place, she’s already 27 years old. However, she sounds so much younger… I would have put her voice at around 22/23 yo, and that’s just a bit messed up. This is supposed to be a super self sufficient woman, but I never felt like that. I also get that she’s a super sexual person, no issue with that, but the narrative is a bit too much on this issue… she gets turned on by EVERYTHING! EVERYTHING!!!! Sheets, clothes, any guy, or girl, or just random wood. It’s too much. Especially once she forms a bond with Jett, because then these things become a bit weird and creepy.

For instance, she knows Kade and Jett are friends, however she still teases Kade every chance she gets, even though she LIKES Jett, and she KNOWS how Kade feels. It was just wrong.

Jett, well, I get his past, I do, but again, things don’t add up in terms of timeline and gravity of the events. And I get his need for control, but not in the way it’s done in this book. What he does to get Goldie to agree to go to his club, is despicable, and I hated that this was never discussed in this book.

The romance didn’t work for me either, because these 2 hardly know each other, and he’s obsessed, and she’s doing whatever he wants… I didn’t feel it.

There are some good scenes in this book, I liked some of the scenes between Jett and Goldie, and they do have chemistry, and their sexy times are super well done. But still, that was not enough to actually do this book for me. And while I’m curious about the remaining books in this series, I’m not sure that will be enough to make me want to read them.

Breaking His Rules (R.C. Matthews)


When I landed the best bartending job in downtown Chicago, the rules were as clear as the Grey Goose martini I mixed for him. Don’t sleep with the patrons. I had no problem with that. Money didn’t impress me. But Damon Baxter’s eyes did. Midnight blue, just like the name of his nightclub. The way they undressed me made me consider risking the most sought after job in the service industry. Nailing the position had been hard. Obeying the rules? Even harder.

Good thing I like it hard. I was never one for following orders. For one night with him, I would have sold my soul to the devil. And that’s exactly what I did. Let me tell you, hell in the company of Damon Baxter was blissfully hot. I offered him a single night of pleasure, but when he demanded another in that deep and sexy whisper, what could I say? He was my boss, and I always aimed to please…when it pleased me.

He didn’t care that I broke his rules. But was I ready to break my own?

I requested this book because the blurb sounded interesting, and to be honest, I hadn’t read an erotic romance in awhile, so I thought it was time :P.

This was ultimately a fun book, with a somewhat cool plot. I enjoyed the writing, it flowed well, and the sex scenes were greatly written – which is always a big issue with erotica, given that the sex is one of the main things in it. Actually, comparing this one with the book I read before, How Not To Fall, I have to say that this one had hardly any sex in it, eheh.

The characters were interesting, and I really liked their connection and chemistry. Samantha was a strong and independent woman, and she knew what she wanted out of life and, most importantly, and she didn’t want. Damon was also interesting, and very different from most of billionaires in these kind of books. I also really enjoyed the inclusion of family and their different relationships.

So, this books wasn’t just about the sex, the romance was actually nice, but it was still a bit of insta love, and things were definitly too fast. It would have been almost perfect if the romance has taken a little bit more time, because it was complex enough. 🙂

Ultimatly this was a nice erotic romance, and I would definitly recommend it, if you’re into this genre.

Changing His Game (Justine Elvira)


*Warning: Changing His Game is a stand-alone novel. This book is for mature readers ages 18 and up. It contains sex, sex, and more sex with a porn star. It briefly touches on M/F/M and M/F/F. 

Adult Films. XXX Movies. Porn. 

These are the kind of movies I’ve never planned to watch. It was a taboo topic where I grew up. As a kid I had only heard of it in passing. In middle school my parents would talk about my creepy uncle Frank and how he should look for a job instead of watching “those movies” all day. In High School boys thought it was funny to ask my friends and me to star in the amateur adult films they were making. In college most of my guy friends watched them, but I never had. When I moved to California that changed. 

After surprising my fiancé at home and catching him screwing another woman, I hopped in my car and started driving. I was running away from my old life and I needed a change. I remembered my friend Tawny inviting me to visit her in Los Angeles, so that’s where I went. 

I didn’t find Tawny when I got there, but I did find her gorgeous roommate, Jared. Our friendship started out rough, but he gave me a place to stay and helped me get back on my feet. He became my best friend. My best friend who millions of women happened to lust over.

Jared plays by a different set of rules, where anything goes. His lifestyle is unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed before and it scares me. When you live your life on the edge, eventually you’ll fall over. I didn’t want to see that happen to him. 

At night he’s just Jared, my Jared, and I’ll deny it to anyone who asks, but I’m completely in love with him. During the day he’s Brandon Boner, and the world is in love with him. 

Oh yeah, did I mention he’s a porn star?

So… where do I even start?! You know when a story has the potential to be good and funny and then nothing (nothing) works? Yeah… that was this book for me. I bought this book when it appear on my Bookbub one day, super cheap, because I thought that it had to be hilarious… nope…

Let me start with the writing. There’s nothing wrong with it, per say, but I felt that there was something seriously lacking in it. You have a situation that begs to be writen a certain way, to milk all the humour out of it that you can, and no, the writing wasn’t up to it. It felt very flat.

The characters were very one dimensional, and ultimately a bit silly, especially Autumn. Honestly, it was all just a bit too much – and I’m not talking about the porn aspect of the book, because I thought that that part was especially tame.

About the story, oh boy. So, Autumn catches her fiancée having sex with someone else, and decides to visit a friend from her hometown in LA. When she gets to the address – a place way too nice for someone just catching a “few roles” as an “actress” to afford -her friend is not there, there’s a huge party going on, with people mostly naked, and still she stays at the place she doesn’t know, with the people she doesn’t know. She makes stupid decisions one after the other.

Then their relationship develops, and in a week they’re best friends and sharing a bed (as friends) and working together. the guy gives her a job as an assistant, she has to be on set with him, and as soon as clothes start to come out, she bails because she can’t see him… girl, he’s a porn actor, you knew that, you agreed to stay, why are you bailing?!

Then Jared, that from moment one says that porn is his life, starts to backtrack on everything he ever said because of her. I mean, love is beautiful and all, and changes people, but that was a bit too much for me.

I don’t know what to tell you, this book has awesome reviews from a lot of other readers, but I really didn’t like it. Yeah, I laughed at some points, because it was funny, but that was it. The story was just too ridiculous and repetitive for my liking. I was expecting some tough decisions to have to be made and everything, but not so much either. I do think that the writing style made me enjoy it less. Also, the book was written like a wattpad book, in which each chapter either wraps neatly or with a cliffhanger of some sort and it was a bit weird for me. The book just didn’t flow nicely.

Innuendos (V. Kelly)


She wants him to squeeze her melons . . .

He wants her to hold his wood . . .

Max is the sole reason Breezy can’t keep a boyfriend. Every boyfriend she has ever had breaks up with her the moment they meet him. It’s not because of his eight-pack, or his panty shredding smile. No, the reason Breezy remains single is because Max is her best friend and roommate.

When Breezy’s new boyfriend dumps her after meeting Max for the first time, Breezy is determined to cure her boyfriend woes by challenging Max to a bet: she can’t click her mouse, he can’t wrestle his snake, and neither one can say the word sex or they lose.

It was a simple game of abstinence, until Max decides to tempt Breezy into a hilarious game of innuendos. Now, the only thing harder than Max’s “wood”, is figuring out just where their friendship lies after all bets are off.

One thing’s for certain . . .

All’s fair in sex, love, and innuendos.

I’ll tell you something about this book: it sure hell is funny!

When I started Innuendos I was a bit worried about how the Erotic Romantic Comedy thing would work, but I shouldn’t have been. While a lot of things are hinted upon, and innuendos are thrown out, and some sex does occur, it isn’t, by any means, one of the most explicit books I’ve read.

The writing was most of all fun, but the dialogs made me cringe at times and they (sometimes) felt a bit unnatural. On the other hand, I loved the internal dialogs, so there was a perfect balance. However, given that I read this fairly quickly, I noticed a few words that escaped through the cracks and shouldn’t have been there. During the bet, neither Breezy or Max can say the word sex, or anything directly related to it, however, they both do, without the other calling them up on it.

I really liked Max, I loved that he had no problems admitting how he felt about Breezy and how patient he was with her, even if he did this while sleeping around… a lot. Still, even with that, he appreciated women and was never disrespectful. Breezy, on the other hand, was a bit more complicated to connect with, because she was just so blind to what was going on in her life and with her feelings. The side characters were great, Maggie was totally hilarious. Max’s parents… OMG!

I felt that the first third of the book was a bit slow. While I understood the importance of establishing Travis’ importance in Breezy’s life, and showing the type of life that Max was leading, I wish that there would have been a bigger focus on Max and Breezy’s relationship from the start. When the focus shifts – a.k.a., when Travis finally meets Max – the book advances rather quickly and it’s increasingly funnier, because Max and Breezy’s verbal foreplay is hilarious. How could that girl think that that kind of flirting was normal thought, is beyond me!

All the innuendos were beyond hilarious, I think one of my favorite scenes was the changing room scene at Victoria Secrets, eheh.

I was a bit disappointed at Breezy when the bet finally ends, I expected her to be scared, but I didn’t quite predict what she would do, and I didn’t like it… it seriously broke my heart. Max deserved better.

There are a LOT of clichés in this book, like in all romantic comedies, but it’s totally worth the read. The situations they get themselves into are beyond funny, and Breezy and Max are a couple you can’t help but root for. Well done!

BANGED: Rock Stars, Bad Boys & Dirty Deeds


I should warn you that when I requested this bundle I thought that the books would be all New Adult with a dash of Erotic romance… turns out it was just the opposite, so all books are sex heavy, with the lightest one being More Than Music. So, this is definitely not fit for a younger audience, as some books deal with alternative forms of sex… you have been warned!


She’s the daughter of rock royalty. He’s been warned off her by her famous father. But Jed Brody has lusted after Chloe Blackthorne for four years, and when Chloe lets him know the lust is entirely mutual, nothing will stop the bad boy of rock claiming her as his. Career be damned.

This Anthology starts with a bang! Lust’s Rhythm starts with an almost hypnotic way… the first chapter got me hooked, I liked the writing THAT MUCH! I really liked both characters, Jed and Chloe were kind of adorable, and their relationship was adorbs too. It moved way too fast, but I think that Lexxie Couper did a great job in setting their relationship up, and letting us know that despite having just actually met for the first time, these two had been in each other’s lives (and in an important way) for four years. And more importantly, they had amazing chemistry…

I do realize that I would have liked the story better if I read the other books in the series, but because I hadn’t, Chloe’s father and brother sounded a bit douchey to me. Either way, great start for this bundle…


When a beautiful former fling blasts back into his life, jaded rock star Darko Dunne’s peaceful seclusion on a private island comes to an explosive end. Faced with a band of ruthless criminals and a ticking clock, Darko and Muireann must pool their resources to rescue the baby he never knew he had.

Ok, Goodreads didn’t let me rate this one 0 stars, but I can do it here, right? This was definitely the worst book I ever read! I liked absolutely nothing about this story, which makes me so so sad. The plot was atrocious, so were the characters, there was zero chemistry between the main couple and the sex was so badly written… nothing worked for me here.

It was such a shame, especially because Darko had potential, given that he was facing depression and was stepping away from his band, but it all got lost in a plot that involved a lot of guns, a baby, a desert island and a french cook that was not what he seemed like. Did I mention that the sex was awful?! bahhhhh….


When Hailey crashes a Half-Life after party, she expects to find the bastard who knocked up her little sister. Instead she meets the sexy front-man who agrees to give her access to his crew if she gives him access to her body.

All Lock demands in return is three days of complete control over the Sunday School teacher. With a contract, because he’s been burned before. One misstep could send the band—and his tenuous sobriety—up in flames.

Hailey and Lock push each other’s limits… Against the penthouse window. Backstage. In the limo and on the elevator. But as the contract counts down, neither are ready for the party to end.

This book actually had a good premise and the plot was kind of good, it definitely had some twists that I did not see coming. But unfortunately the writing did not do it for me, it tried too hard to be lyrical at times, especially in the more intimate situations, and I didn’t like it.

About the characters… I tried to sympathize with Hailey, but after the first day I just couldn’t… no matter how attracted you are to a guy you never met, you don’t sign a contract allowing him to do ANYTHING to you… I don’t know… isn’t it weird? I kind of liked Lock, lol, surprisingly, and I felt that his character had a LOT of potential. There was a parallel story to theirs, about Hailey’s sister and the guy who knocked her up, and I honestly liked that story line better than the main one.

This book was a lot more erotica than I was expecting, and I mean a LOT MORE. Some situations were fun and hot, but there was a particular moment of light BDSM that I didn’t like because it felt so out of place… There’s also a threesome, and some guy to guy action, and I’m pretty sure that the main male character is bi and slightly in love with his best friend, but the situation was loaded and the book didn’t explain it, and I felt that it should have. There was a lot of tension and unsaid things between the two guys and I, as a reader, was totally lost to most of it.


Nathaniel Darke: She knows just how to press all my buttons. Bass-playing bitch, crawling under my skin. I want to believe one good shag will cure me of her. But instead, I end up addicted.

Loveday Trevaskis: Nathaniel Darke is a perverted tit fucker, I know because I let him fuck mine. He’s my enemy. I ought to run away from him as far and fast as I can. But I don’t.

OOOOHHHHH! I liked this one so much! But it was so short!!! But I’ll definitely want to read the rest of this series. Nate won me over when he allowed his brother to be beat up by his ex, eheh, and Loveday was just super cool, that girl knew what she wanted ;-).

I’m a sucker for first person present tense, especially when both main characters are funny as hell, and British to boot. I loved the writing, it was funny and witty, and the plot was simple but worked well, and I’m curious to see what will become of the band. And Nate and Loveday had amazing chemistry and I loved it.


He’s the rockstar she doesn’t recognize. She’s the fighter he’ll never forget. Nothing stings as much as the first hit…or hurts so good.

This story has so much damn potential, I will be continuing this series, for sure, because I want to know more about Evie and Johnny. But it got me a long while to actually get into the writing style and the main character, Evie. The British slang is strong on this one, but my problem was that Evie cursed more often than not. I don’t usually mind it, but right off the bat it made it hard to connect with her, and given that this is only told in her POV, it was hard. But once she and Johnny were together, and things started to heat up, this book was damn amazing! (I would say that the first part would be 1* and the rest would go up to almost 5*).

The chemistry with these 2 was off the charts and their time together was hot as hell! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.


Wilson: Tabitha Leyton is a mess, but now she’s my mess. To the rest of the world, she’s a superstar. Secretly, she’s a witness to depravity and a train wreck waiting to happen. But I can’t get her out of my head. And for one angry, secret night, we have each other in every imaginable way. The whole time, I know she’s off-limits. So in the morning, I’ll walk away. Officially.

Ok, I only had one small (huge) problem with this story: IT WAS TOO DAMN SHORT. I did like the pull between Tabitha and Wilson, and both characters have enough hidden to make them extremely interesting. Also, despite the title, I didn’t find this novella as “dirty” as some of the other stories, in fact, it was super well written.


When geeky guitarist Maddie Taylor joins tattooed rock star Jared Cross’s band to compete on a reality TV show, their attraction becomes impossible to resist—but their forbidden romance might tear their band apart and cost them everything.

It should come to no surprise that I loved this book, just as I loved all the others in this series. This was the one I really wanted to read, because I already loved the characters so much. The writing is amazing, and so is the plot. You can read my full review of this book here.


Sex is the last thing on his mind, or he wishes it was…

Spook Mortensen has one rule when it comes to relationships: just say no. He has his reasons. Good reasons. His policy of total abstinence has kept him out of trouble for years. Sex ought to be the last thing on his mind, but whenever go-getting sound engineer Allegra Hutton shows up, she doesn’t just hijack his libido, she downright screws with hit. The only way to deal with her is to tie her up. Alle realises she’s upsetting Spook’s rhythm, but she’s under no illusion that he’s the right top to warm her bottom.

Hmmm, I don’t even know how to start with this one. This novella is the follow up to another novella, Remastered, when Spook and Alle meet, so I went ahead and read that one before going on with this one, because I was a bit lost. I liked this one better than the first, but in both I really liked Spook, but I’m still not convinced about Allegra – by the way, where can I buy her small purse that fits a pack of condoms and a vibrator?! Because I’m pretty sure that party bags don’t have that kind of size… Moving on… Spook is an interesting character, and I’m curious to actually read the next book to find out what the hell happened that made him abstinent.

I was curious about Xane’s character though, and I can even see myself reaching for this series to learn more about his sexual fluidity, because I found that unusual and different. By the way, I should mention that Spook and Allegra are both into BDSM…

Ufff, we’re done! Let me tell you, reading this bundle was no easy task, Erotic romance is not really my comfort zone, yeah, I like a hot and spicy romance, but in most cases, it was not what these books were. Still, it was worth it for a few of them…